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Noé Montes was born in Modesto, CA. He grew up in a family of migrant farm workers that traveled throughout California’s Central Valley following harvests. After high school, he worked briefly in the field of electronics before finding the medium of photography. Around the same time, with the goal of helping other people, he began working with community organizations. Over the last twenty-five years, Noé has developed a socially engaged practice in which he creates documentary work around a specific social issue or geographic location. Working with local partners, he then uses that work as a tool for community and civic engagement through programming that includes exhibits, workshops and community dialogues. He also works to integrate the stories of the communities he documents into the American historical narrative.
Clients / Commissions
The Alicia Patterson Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, The Blue Sky Center, Boom: A Journal of California, The California Air Resources Board, The California Arts Council, The California Center, The California Community Foundation, City of Long Beach, Contra Viento Journal, High Country News, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), The Getty Foundation, Lift To Rise, Los Angeles County MTA, The Palm Springs Art Museum, Saban Community Clinics, Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, University of Southern California